[Best of Edmentum] Top Trending Blogs of 2020
[Best of Edmentum] Top Trending Blogs of 2020
This year, we hit the incredible milestone of over 1 million (1.45 million, actually) blogs read by YOU! With over 386 new blogs this year, we figured you wouldn’t have time to read them all, so we put together a list of our top 20 from 2020! Check out our countdown:
I’m a health and physical education teacher for Edmentum’s EdOptions Academy virtual school. It’s a job title that tends to raise some eyebrows. How do classes that are all about physical activity work in the online setting—very effectively, actually!
Minimesters can be a great approach to help these students quickly recover credits, begin building academic momentum, and gain confidence in their ability to make it to the graduation finish line. Here are eight common questions answered to help your school or district get started with minimesters for credit recovery!
Formative assessment has certainly changed this school year, as teachers are required to adapt to this new normal. Before you panic, this does not mean that teachers need to reinvent the wheel and start from scratch! Many tools that were already being used in brick-and-mortar classrooms can be modified to work in an online environment. Here are five familiar formative assessment concepts that have made their way into the 2020 virtual teacher’s toolbox.
I have worked mostly from home for the past several years, and I have five years of classroom teaching experience under my belt. Could adding an eight-year-old and a five-year-old to the mix really be that hard? The answer, as I’m sure you’ve realized from your own experience, is yes. Yes, it can.
Virtual learning doesn’t mean treasured school traditions need to stop altogether, they just need to be adapted. That’s why we put together this list of simple activities students can do at home with their siblings or parents to celebrate field day.
Fast Phonics teaches, reinforces, and assesses core phonics skills, including letter-sound correspondence, blending, segmenting, and syllable manipulation closely aligned to the letters and sounds sequence. Let’s explore what Fast Phonics is all about and how classroom teachers might use it to drive instruction.
- [Current Trending Issues in Special Education] How COVID-19 School Closures Have Impacted Special Education
Given the many changes and disruptions in how we are approaching education that were caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some consistencies and trends that must be discussed.
The intention of e-learning and digital learning days is to provide a similar instructional experience to what students receive in the classroom. Having a well-thought-out plan in place is key to ensuring that these days truly support seamless student learning (and most states with formalized programs require them!). To help you put together a high-quality e-learning day plan for next year, we’ve broken down eight of the most important elements to consider.
- Best Practices for Teachers Making the Switch to Virtual Instruction: Q&A with Online Education Experts
For many educators and students, the virtual format is their day-to-day normal, and now is the time to lean on their experience and advice. That’s why we convened a group of four online learning experts for an interactive, Q&A-driven webinar on what traditional classroom teachers can do to make the shift to online teaching as smooth and effective as possible.
Edmentum has just what you need to start off the school year right. Our fun classroom packs are full of downloadable printables that are perfect for getting your classroom organized and ready, while our Back-to-School Resource Pack is loaded with everything you need for a perfect first day back no matter what your classroom looks like, including fact sheets, activities, and name tags!
Caregiver. Professional. Classroom facilitator. Families are juggling more responsibilities than ever before. The added pressure of online schooling can feel overwhelming, and grown-ups may find themselves asking: How can I help my child focus at home? Am I fostering the best learning environment? What can I do to mitigate anxiety and frustration?
We’ve assembled NEW grade-specific FREE printable Spanish worksheet bundles for kindergarten through eighth grade students. These bundles include math, language arts, reading and literacy activities from Edmentum’s Study Island.
We know that graduation ceremonies are critically important to the student experience, but when a virtual format is called for, they can be difficult to achieve. Whether it’s for a kindergarten graduation, a high school diploma, or any other major milestone in between, this guide includes tips and best practices for holding commencement ceremonies in a virtual learning world.
For many of us, distance teaching or totally virtual classes are a whole new skill set that was not in the original plan. But luckily, there are educators who have expertise to share when it comes to teaching online. After talking to the Edmentum Educator Network, here are a few practical suggestions for online teaching educators are sharing.
Your return-to-learn plan should incorporate best practices and lessons learned that promote and prioritize student safety and success. To support you during this planning process, we’ve curated a list of our best resources and recommended solutions aligned to your goals for this upcoming school year.
Social-emotional learning has helped us focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing both in and outside of the classroom. To help you get through the holidays, fight video call fatigue, and sharpen your SEL skills, we put together a list of our very best resources right here!
The Marzano Research study considered Edmentum solutions being used in three instructional settings and developed 13 best practices across three dimensions of teacher behaviors and strategies that are correlated to significantly higher levels of student achievement in an online learning environment. Take a close look at all 13 best practices identified in the study, along with insights into how each can be implemented.
- Four Tips for Educators to Build Effective Online Teaching Routines + Downloadable Daily Schedule Template
Yes, building (and sticking to) a daily schedule may sound like just another item for your to-do list, but it’s during stressful times like these that you stand to benefit most from a solid routine. We tapped several of our EdOptions Academy full-time virtual teachers for tips on how they structure their days of teaching students online from their home offices. Read on to learn about their four big takeaways or cut right to the chase and download this sample daily schedule for teaching online.
Parents and other caregivers can offer some of the most important guidance students need to find the right online learning approaches, remain accountable for their work, and get extra help when needed. Here are five things grown-ups can do to help their child be successful when learning online.
TED Talks are an easy way to take in a fresh perspective, and hopefully you have a little bit of downtime you can dedicate to some professional development. We’ve compiled a list of great TED Talks about online education that we hope will give you some inspiration and motivation.
Thank you too all our incredible readers for another great year of the Edmentum blog. We are so thankful to have readers as dedicated as you. We can’t wait to come back in 2021 with even more incredible best practices, success stories, and deep-dives into the topics that matter most to you. Cheers!